The Joy of Spent Grain
As a home brewer you’ll know what a pain in the neck cleaning and getting rid of spent grain can be. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have taken apart the manifold in my mash tun to remove spent grain then repeatedley flush everything with water to get rid of it. It is of course a necessary evil and in comparison to commercial breweries of course we’ve got it easy.
The picture above is of Bathams Brewery and the now spent grain after a mash. Now of course the mash tun needs emptying so another brew can be added, all of which needs to be done by hand. If you ever have attempted to dig out a mash tun at least the size of the one above (which isn’t that big) then you’ll know how back breaking it is. I have been unfortunate enough to be handed a shovel and given half an hour to empty a mash tun before another brew goes in. When a grain bed is several foot deep (easily enough to flood your wellies) it’s not like you can just jump in and start digging away. Needless to say it was a long and labourious struggle and I now appreciate the simplicity of emptying my cool box mash tun, I don’t even break a sweat.
What To Do With It?
This is one that has been covered plenty of times but here are my favourite suggestions:
- Compost it
- Feed Your Chickens (apparently they love it)
- Spent Grain Bread just like this via The Clean Platter
- Dog Biscuits like these